Winning #SBS gave me a massive boost in confidence. It also provided me with a great group I can look to for support, ideas, help, inspiration and tons of motivation.
On the practical side, i saw a massive increase in my website activity, twitter followers, and overall credibility.
Thank you so much Theo for believing in each one of us!
I have been making Bespoke Soft Furnishings for 10 years now. In 2009 I worked on The Home Show with George Clarke (it kept me at the edge of my seat with excitement when it aired in November). It made my long hours working to achieve my City&Guilds in Soft Furnishings very worthwhile.
In 2010 I decided to take the next step up and embarked on Residential Interior Design and by January 2012 I was Co-founder and Director of Casabella Designs (www.casabelladesigns.co.uk) bringing together commercial & residential interior design as well as soft furnishings.
Since starting my own company, my highlights have to be (chronological order):
1. Working on The Home Show with George Clarke
2. Being picked as @TheoPaphitis #SBS winner in April 2011
3. Featuring in the January 2012 Edition of 25 Beautiful Homes.
Running a business is a constant journey. Decide where you want to go, then map the way. During the journey you will come across all sorts. Deal with it the best you can and enjoy the ride.
If you ever get there, you didn't aim far enough... Go over your plan again, you can get much further than you think if you put your mind to it.